PMAC Awards for Excellence in Investment Journalism

Prix D’Excellence en Journalisme Économique et Financier de L’AGPC

The 2022 competition will open on March 8, 2022.

About the Awards

The purpose of the awards is to promote and reward excellence in Canadian newspaper, magazine and online journalism that fosters a better understanding of the investment industry, its products and services and, ultimately, helps to improve Canadian financial literacy. The secondary purpose is to meet the needs of Canadian investors and the public at large in their search for up-to date information on the economy, and domestic and international financial markets.

New in 2022, the PMAC Awards expanded eligibility to include a separate podcast category in recognition of the growing digital audio format and the contribution of financial podcasters to the education of investors by fostering a better understanding of the investment business, its products and services.

A submission may be made in either the long OR short-form category OR in the Podcast category detailed below:

  • Short Entry Awards: One (1) submission of up to three (3) different/unrelated entries that are less than 1,000 words
    • First prize: $4,000
    • Second prize: $2,000
  • Long Entry Awards: One (1) submission 1,000 words or more
    • First prize: $4,000
    • Second prize: $2,000
  • Podcast Entry: One (1) entry that must be no longer than 60 minutes
    • First prize: $4,000
  • Top Award: First Prize Overall – $1,000 bonus


  • Submissions must have appeared in print, online (text content), or podcast format between March 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022
  • Submissions are only eligible to those in Canadian media
  • Submissions must have been made available to the Canadian public in English or French
  • Individual journalists are eligible for one (1) submission, in either the Short Entry category OR the Long Entry category OR the Podcast Entry category
  • Short Entry: One (1) submission of up to three (3) different/unrelated entries
    • Print/Online Article: Each entry must be less than 1,000 words
  • Long entry: One (1) submission
    • Print/Online Article: Entry must be 1,000 words or more; OR one (1) submission of a series of related articles totaling 1,000 words or more
  • Podcast Entry: One (1) entry
    • The entry must be no longer than 60 minutes
  • Employees, directors, or officers of a financial services or investment firm are ineligible.

For purpose of eligibility, a submission refers to the collection of entries; an entry refers to an individual story.


  • Nominations can be made by the author(s) of the submitted article(s), editor or other employee of the publication or by the general public at large.
  • Nominations must be received by April 15.
  • The awards will be presented at an event held within three months of the application closing date.

Selection Process

Each qualifying entry will be considered in competition with all others by an independent panel of judges that will be appointed annually.

The panel will comprise of an appropriate balance of experienced and knowledgeable professionals with expertise in either the field of journalism or investment/financial services:

  • At least one judge will be fluent in French and English.
  • All potential judges will be screened for any actual or perceived conflict of interest.

In evaluating the merit of an entry, judges shall consider:

  • The article’s content meeting the stated purposes of the Award;
  • Professional journalistic ethics and commonly accepted standards;
  • The constraint of the article length given the complexity of the topic covered; and
  • Journalists that go “above and beyond” to write thoughtful and substantive articles that provide a perspective on topical issues pertinent to the Canadian investing public.

Application Download & Resources

Application: English| Français

Call for Entries Press Release: English| Français

2021 Recipients

Long Article Category:

First Prize: Mark Burgess (Advisor’s Edge) article: Don’t panic: Client coaching for the 24-hour news cycle. This article also received first prize overall.

Second Prize: Niall McGee (The Globe and Mail) for: How COVID-19 fuelled a boom in Canadian stock promotion scams

Short Article Category:

First Prize: Tim Shufelt (The Globe and Mail) for: Markets Leave The Economy Behind, Portfolio rebalancing is getting trickierFor investors sidelined with cash, market surge presents a dilemma

Second Prize: Gabe Friedman (Financial Post) for his podcast: Market Manipulation or David Vs. Goliath? Unpacking Reddit Phenomena

The judging panel gave honourable mentions to Financial Post’s Kevin Carmichael and Victor Ferreira for FP Investigation: As CEWS flowed in, dividends flowed out

Previous Recipients

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